FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (July 12, 2007) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Travel by sea to the folklore, tradition and richness of Northern Europe: from Copenhagen to Visby, from Riga to Helsinki, up to St Petersburg. Enjoy the natural beauty of the fjords and the diverse northern European cultures. Alternatively cruise through the North Sea and south into the Mediterranean, visiting countries that are deeply different.
For summer 2007, MSC Cruises has positioned three ships in Northern Europe: MSC Lirica, MSC Opera and MSC Rhapsody. A selection of different itineraries with a rich choice of excursions are available through the first week of September 2007.
All prices reflect interior accommodations and are USD, cruise only, per person, double occupancy; government fees and taxes are additional. Rates are based on MSC CruisesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬Å“Best Fare, Best RoomÃ¢â‚¬Â promotion, which expires July 31. Pricing for this promotion has been simplified into categories of interior, oceanview, balcony, etc., depending on the ship. This provides guests with the best stateroom available within their desired category at the time of booking. Prices vary by sail date and category.
As an added bonus, North American residents who place a reservation during this promotion need only place a $100 deposit per person, based on double occupancy.
MSC Lirica offers several itineraries in Northern Europe:
Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Finland, Russia (8 days/7 nights). Depart Sundays from Copenhagen for Visby Riga, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Cruises dates: July 29 and Aug. 26. Prices from $1,545 per person.
The Saturday, Aug. 11 sailing departs from Kiel for a 7-night vacation to Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Riga and Visby. Prices from $2,025 per person.
Germany, Denmark, Norway (8 days/7 nights). Cruise from Copenhagen into Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen, Eidfjord and Kiel. Cruise dates: July 22, Aug. 5 and 19. Prices from $1,545 per person.
On MSC LiricaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s return to the Mediterranean, there is another sailing to Germany, Denmark, England, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Italy (11 days/10 nights). Cruise from Copenhagen and call into Harwich, La Coruna, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malaga, Olbia and Genoa. Depart on Saturday, Sept. 2.
Prices from $1,095 per person.
Here is a sampling of the excursions available on these itineraries:
- Copenhagen: Tours of the city, visiting Nyhayn, Sirenetta, Tivoli Gardens and the Ice Bar;
- St. Petersburg: Escorted city tour to marvel at the golden domes, the palaces and Petrodvorets Park, as well as the Hermitage Museum; and
- Riga: Panoramic excursion, including a visit to the cathedral
MSC Opera offers two alternating itineraries:
Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Russia (8 days/7 nights). Cruise from Copenhagen, to Kiel, Visby, Stockholm, Tallin and St Petersburg departing from Copenhagen on Saturday July 21, and Aug. 4 and 18. Prices from: $1,545 per person.
Denmark, Germany, Norway (8 days/7 nights). Cruise from Copenhagen to Kiel, Oslo, Stavanger, Flam, Hellesylt and Geiranger departing from Copenhagen Saturday, July 28, and Aug. 11 and 25 (Sunday departures also available from Kiel). Prices from $1,545 per person.
On MSC OperaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s return to the Mediterranean, there is a third itinerary to Denmark, Germany, England, Spain, Malta, Croatia, Italy (13 days/12 nights). Cruise from Copenhagen to Kiel, Dover, La Coruna, Malaga, Valletta, Dubrovnik and Venice, departing Saturday, Sept. 1. Prices from $1,295 per person.
Here is a sampling of shore excursions:
- Flam: A typical part of Norway with amazing views of the fjords;
- Tallin: Tour to discover the architectural treasures of this gothic Estonian city; and
- Oslo: Grand tour of the city including a visit to the Vichingo Museum and Kon Tiki.
MSC Rhapsody offers two alternating itineraries:
Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Russia (12 days/11 nights). Cruise to Amsterdam, Dover, Brunsbuettel, Kiel, Ronne, Riga, Tallin, St Petersburg and Copenhagen, departing from Amsterdam on Sunday, July 29 and Monday, Aug. 20. Prices from $1,495 per person.
Holland, England, Norway (12 days/11 nights). Cruise from Amsterdam to Dover, Ejdfjord, Alesund, Tromso, Leknes and Bergen, departing from Amsterdam Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, Aug. 9. Prices from $1,495 per person.
On MSC RhapsodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s return to the Mediterranean, there is a third itinerary to Holland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy (12 days/11 nights). Cruise from Amsterdam to Dover, St. Malo, La Coruna, Lisbon, Cadiz, Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa, departing Friday, Aug. 31. Prices from $1,095 per person.
Shore excursions include:
- Amsterdam: Excursion of the grand canals and Van Gogh Museum and
- edjfjord: A half or whole day excursion to explore the countryside, fjords and waterfalls.
For more information about MSC Cruises and its exciting Northern Europe itineraries, visit www.msccruisesusa.com or a local travel professional.
MSC Cruises currently has a fleet of eight ships: MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera, MSC Armonia, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody and MSC Rhapsody, cruising in the Mediterranean year round and seasonally in, Northern Europe, Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean and South America. The fleet will increase to 12 ships by 2010. In the spring of 2008 MSC Poesia, the third ship in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“MusicaÃ¢â‚¬Â class, will join the fleet, followed in the autumn of 2008 and spring 2009 by MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida. These will be two of the largest ships built by a European ship owner. Then in 2010 MSC Magnifica, the fourth ship in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“MusicaÃ¢â‚¬Â class, will enter service.
MSC Cruises was a co-sponsor of Shosholoza and Alinghi, the winner of the 32nd AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cup held in Valencia in July 2007.